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  1. #11


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Quote Originally Posted by LittleJay View Post
    So, now if I can successfully create an image which can be restored with the System Repair Disk, I'll be good to go. That would be great since I won't have to find and buy a software program to make backup images. I was not aware of these functions available within Windows 8.
    I create a new system image whenever my system is updated, be it with Windows updates, or software installation and updates. So far I have not had any issues with creating, or restoring Windows system images. I think you will find the program pretty straight forward and easy to use.
    I do the same, LittleJay, and I've not had to re-install my W7 Ult. setup since early 2010.

    That setup is currently running the W8CP as an upgrade, and hasn't missed a beat.

    The only issue I've noticed is that you must rename your backup, or the next one you do WILL
    over-write it. I keep at least two, a current one, and the previous one.

    And the one failure I had, I mistakenly restored an image of the AS5735 onto the AS8951, and lunched
    four partitions over two big drives I had backups of them too, fortunately.

    I didn't appreciate that. But it was my fault, not the software.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 1,339
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    The only issue I've noticed is that you must rename your backup, or the next one you do WILL over-write it. I keep at least two, a current one, and the previous one.
    I usually rename my images as well, but the times I haven't, this is with Windows 7, I found that Windows imaging creates a shadow copy of previous images and have successfully restored them even though I over wrote the original image.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Hmmm... Mine didn't, and that was what led to the screw-up.

    I'll have to have a look at that.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 1,339
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Hmmm... Mine didn't, and that was what led to the screw-up.

    I'll have to have a look at that.
    I know what you mean. The imaging program actually says that old images will be overwritten, but somehow I have done it and on more than one occasion. But I know one thing, when I have deleted some of the older images that I no longer need using disk cleanup, I also run the "cleanup system files" and from that window select "more options" and then hit the cleanup button to also remove old "system restore and shadow copies". After running that it actually frees up many more gigs of drive space than if I only deleted the older image file itself.
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